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For Frieze Masters 2019, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery is delighted to present work by Jacqueline de Jong, a key figure of the 1960s European avant-garde. The gallery will show two key series of early work, ‘Erotic Paintings’ and ‘Kroniek Van Amsterdam’, highlighted in her major retrospective at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. This will be the first solo presentation of her work in the UK ahead of her exhibition at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery opening in November this year.

Radical in both form and thought, de Jong was one of two female members of Situationist International, with close ties to its founding members, Guy Debord and Asger Jorn. She was also involved with German collective, Gruppe SPUR. When all visual artists were expelled from Situationist International, de Jong founded the influential Situationist Times (1962-67). Hailed as one of the most important and experimental journals of the post-war period, the publication offered an opportunity for collaboration between writers, poets and visual artists including Gaston Bachelard, Roberto Matta and Wilfredo Lam.

Presented for the first time in the UK, the vibrant, lustful 'Erotic Paintings' made while de Jong was living in Paris in 1968 reflect the sexual and political revolution of the time. Body parts and unshapely limbs in thick impasto and strong colour merge with areas of thinly painted geometric shapes, stripes and dots. The figures shift between the humorous and the grotesque offering a fluid perspective of gender and sexuality.

Following de Jong’s participation in the Atelier Populaire during the May ‘68 protests in Paris, de Jong’s French visa was revoked and she was forced to return to her native Amsterdam. Her 70s series, ‘Kroniek van Amsterdam’, comprises diptychs constituting a diary of her time which fold into a briefcase. Created in response to her nomadic lifestyle and ready for transport at any time, their functional size considers displacement and disconnection. On one side, diary entries record the banal and explicit details of the artist's quotidian, whilst on the other are scenarios including images as varied as war, sadomasochism, leisure and popular culture. Dissolving the lines between high and low culture, these promote the Situationist objective of subverting capitalist culture in order to revolutionise everyday life.

About the artist

Throughout a career spanning six decades Jacqueline de Jong’s work has explored the violence, banality, eroticism and humour of human interaction. Since the 1960s, she has developed a diverse practice that encompasses painting at its core, alongside drawing, sculpture, jewellery, artist books and printmaking.

Earlier this year, de Jong was awarded the 2019 AWARE Prize for Women Artists. Recent solo exhibitions include Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2019), Musée Les Abattoirs, Toulouse (2018), Malmo Konsthall (2018) and Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2012). Her archive was acquired by Yale University in 2011.

Collections include Centre Pompidou, Paris; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Cobra Museum for Modern Art, Amstelveen; Museum Arnhem, Arnhem; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Museum Jorn, Silkeborg; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo; Kunstmuseum Göteborg; Lenbachhaus, Munich and MOCA Toronto.

De Jong's first solo exhibition in the UK will open at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery in November 2019.

For further information please contact Natalia Fuller
+44 (0) 207 734 7760